The Michigan Wolverines will travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium to face the Utah Utes on Thursday, September 3 at 8:30 pm EST. The Wolverines ended the 2014 season at 5-7 while the Utes finished at 9-4 overall. The opening line on this game had the Utes as a 3 point favorite. The over/under is currently set at 46 points. Most college football picks against the spread for this game have Utah winning and taking the under.
There is a lot of pressure on the Wolverines and Jim Harbaugh but it may take them a few games to get going. The Utes in Utah are not a great team to start a new regime against.
In 2014, Michigan averaged 21 points per game on offense and allowed 22 points per game. They passed for an average of 170 yards and rushed for 163 yards per game. On the other side of the ball, the defense had a better season than the offense. The Wolverines’ defense gave up an average of 194 passing yards per game while allowing 118 rushing yards. They were also +1.34 in turnover differential on the season.
The Utah offense was a high scoring unit in 2014 with 31 points per game while allowing only 25 points per game. They averaged 198 passing yards per game and 190 yards on the ground. Their defense was a bit more forgiving and gave up an average of 246 passing yards and 147 rushing yards per game. The Utes had a -0.39 turnover differential.
Against the spread, the Michigan Wolverines were 5-7 in 2014 and ended the season going 1-2 ATS in their final three games. The Utah Utes were 9-4 ATS in 2014 and finished their last three games 1-2 ATS. Head to head, Utah is 2-1 against Michigan straight up and 3-0 ATS against the Wolverines in their last three matchups. The over is 1-2 in their last three games with both teams averaging under 20 points a game.
In other betting odds trends, the Michigan Wolverines are 3-6 straight up in their last nine games. The under is 4-2 in Michigan’s last six games and 6-3 in their last nine road games. They are 2-4 ATS in their last six on the road and 1-6 SU in their last seven games on the road. On the other hand, the Utah Utes have performed better ATS. The Utes are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games and they’re 10-4 in their last 14 games SU. For the Utes, the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games and 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.
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